Imagery processing and fear reduction during repeated exposure to two types of phobic imagery

Merrill P. Anderson, Thomas D. Borkovec

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Abstract

Speech anxious subjects repeatedly imagined each of 4 scenes described by either stimulus or stimulus + response imagery scripts. Physiological and self-report measures of fear and of imaginal qualities were obtained. Narrative reports of first and last presentations of each scene were content analyzed for amount and kind of detail reported. Heart rate declined in a smoother fashion over repetitions of scenes with stimulus scripts. Content analysis revealed that subjects in both conditions tended to include response detail in their reports. Changes in response detail over repetitions correlated significantly with both heart rate and subjective fear.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-540
Number of pages4
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1980

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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